PROLOGUE: As you get older three things happen. First your memory goes and I can’t remember the other two. Norman Wisdom.

90TH BIRTHDAY: Hearty congratulations to Canon Neville who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Canon Neville is still active in the parish both in visiting the sick and housebound and covering for the other priests when necessary. We want to thank him for his service as Parish Priest of Abbeyfeale and his continuing loyalty to the parish. We wish him every blessing and good health in the years ahead.

DAY TRIP WITH COMMUNITY ALERT: We are currently planning a day trip on Wednesday, July 26 to Dingle which would include a trip around Slea Head and a four course Early Bird in Jim McCarthy’s award winning restaurant Chart House. We are looking for Expressions of Interest before Thursday June 1 so if you think you’d like to join us please ring Mary 0876377310, Kathleen 0876253154 or Marian 0876866450. We will only book if we know we have a bus load.

REMEMBERING ZOE FUNDAY: Following on from the very successful cycle challenge earlier this month, Abbeyfeale’s Remembering Zoë committee continue with their fundraising efforts in aid the Butterfly Club, Irish Community Air Ambulance and the Hope Foundation. By your continued support for the Remembering Zoë fundraising events you are helping to make a real difference to children’s lives. The next event on the calendar is a Family Fun Day which will take place on Sunday, May 28 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale. Underage Blitz’s, Dog Show, Bouncing Castles, Kiddie’s Disco, Face painting, Obstacle courses, Arts and Crafts and Novelty events are just some of the activities laid on for all the family. Gates open 2pm. . Fun for all the family. If you would like to help with the day please contact Shane O’Connor 0872891015.

FAIR IN THE DEVON: Kerry ETB Education & Training Fair takes place in the Devon Inn, Templeglantine on Monday, May 29 from 11 – 6pm. For more information see

DOG SHOW: The Abbeyfeale Town Park Annual Dog Show took place on Sunday last and was attended by huge crowds in good weather. The Town Park Committee would like to thank the following: the park employees who prepared the park so beautifully for the show, all our voluntary committee members and other helpers who gave of their services on the day, our show judge Claire Sheehy, our chief organiser Norma Healy, John O’Connor who provided the sound system, and all those who donated prizes for our raffle. Finally, most important of all, we thank all of you for coming and supporting Abbeyfeale Town Park. The park is available to you free of charge 365 days per year and every euro profit from the dog show will go to the maintenance and development of this wonderful facility. We hope you enjoyed your day and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Registration for the annual St. Ita’s Faith Camp which takes place from Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4 will be held on Wednesday, June 14 from 7pm – 8pm and Thursday, June 15 from 8 – 9pm at St Mary’s Boys School. 2017 Confirmation children especially welcome. We are also asking families to host our visiting volunteers this year. We welcome any person who is 15 years or over to volunteer for the camp as much help is needed during our 4 days.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA VARIETY CONCERT: We are planning to hold a variety concert in the Glórach on Friday, June 16 as a fundraiser for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan. Further information next week.

SEARCH ON FOR STORYTELLERS: The organisers of the Sean McCarthy Memorial Festival, held every August Bank Holiday weekend in Finuge in North Kerry are hoping to reach out to Storytellers and invite them to take part in the Mick McCarthy storytelling competition which is part of the weekend. They say; “We are trying to reach out to the storytellers of Ireland and abroad to let them know that, the competition is now open for entries. We are delighted to say, that we have been attracting a very high calibre of storytellers for the last twenty four years. Eamon Kelly himself was a wonderful supporter of our festival.

If you know someone who would be interested in entering the Mick McCarthy storytelling competition and being in with a chance to win €1000, we would be delighted to hear from them.

If you require more information, our website is, or you can call 068 40203.”

RYAN’S DAUGHTER AT THE GLORACH: The newly formed film club at the Glórach presents Ryan’s Daughter on Wednesday, June 7 at 8pm. Admission €7. Bookings on 087 1383940.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, June 11. Booking at Sean Brodericks and usual outlets.

RAMBLING HOUSE AT FR. CASEY’S: Benny Thade McCarthy’s final Rambling House of the season will take place on Monday night June 5 at 8.30pm. This is a fundraising night for Dromcollogher Respite Centre which was recently renovated. All singers, musicians, dancers and storytellers welcome, doors open at 8.30pm and show begins at 9pm. Please come along and show your support. For more information contact Benny on 0879918546.

MEET UNDER FR. CASEY: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be meeting in the Square this Wednesday from 7pm-8pm. We are looking for new members & would welcome anyone who has an hour to spare to come & join us.

KILEENAGH HOLY WELL: Mass will be celebrated at the Holy Well on Wednesday, May 31 at 8pm. The Rosary continues to be said there every Friday evening during May.

GRAVEYARD SPRING CLEAN: Reilig Ide Naofa spring clean is on every Tuesday from 7-9pm. More help always welcome. Bring gloves.

SVP: We are recruiting volunteers for our new St. Vincent De Paul shop in the town. The shop will be open from Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm. The shop will have two shifts – 10.00 – 1.30pm and 1.30 – 5.00pm. If you have some time to give and would like to be part of our team or need more information please contact us on 087 1213560. We would love to have you work in our shop. The work and time you will give to the Vincent de Paul as a volunteer in our shop will be invaluable. By this work you will be making a huge difference in the lives of so many people. Volunteering is a gift to the community.

FR.CASEYS LADIES GAA FEILE FUNDRAISER: Please donate your unwanted clothes & textiles to raise funds for Fr. Casey’s Girls U14 team who have qualified for the Feile finals in Cavan in June. Any REWEARABLE clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bed linen, soft toys are accepted. Please drop off bags at the GAA complex on Sunday mornings, 10.30-11.30 am between now and the end of May. Contact Mike 0872279922, Ha 0861071620, Laura 0871651529 or Pat 0879030745 if you need any assistance.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE AND UNUSUAL FURNITURE??? Back2New Upcycling is holding their quarterly furniture sale commencing May 29 until June 2. Prices start at €15. Feel free to pop into the Red Door Incubation Centre, The Square, Newcastle Wes,t between 10am and 5pm to take a look at our eco-designed furniture. The Back2New team will be there to answer any of your queries. We will provide a delivery service to all our customers within the West Limerick area. Back2New Community Upcycling is a project established by West Limerick Resources and is facilitated under the TUS programme.

OPT IN: Keep up to date with training, courses, workshop opportunities as they happen in Limerick & Tipperary with Opt In. The range of programmes listed are being rolled out by West Limerick Resources particularly under the SICAP Programme but also the ETB, LEO, Skillnets & LIT to name a few. Opt-In is a collection of courses and events aimed at helping rural dwellers find the means and skills necessary to increase their income generating options. Check it out –

TOASTMASTERS: The last meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters for this season is on Wednesday, May 31 in the Desmond Complex NCW.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall In Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12.30pm. New people always welcome. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

HELP NEEDED: Volunteers wanted for Remembering Zoe Fun day 2- 4pm @ Fr Caseys GAA Club Sunday May 28. Contact Shane 0872891015.

COMMUNITY NATTERS: West Limerick Resources are now producing a monthly community newsletter entitled ‘Community Natters’. With this newsletter, we hope to reach out to the many community groups in our area and communicate some useful hints and information as well as highlighting some new and interesting projects happening around us. As always, we are hoping to engage with as many voluntary organisations as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with any member of the team at West Limerick Resources if you have any events/projects currently happening in your community. Please let us know by emailing us at or To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website and enter your email address in the subscription box.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Should you be affected by or witness an anti social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastlewest on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company which is currently in the region of €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a monthly fee of approx. €12 on top of the monitoring fee. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Neily Lyons, Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

DIGITAL SKILLS FOR CITIZENS: COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS Little or no experience with computers? Looking to get IT savvy, get some skills under your belt? Then we have a great opportunity for you, we are offering a Digital Skills for Citizens course. We are currently taking names for a waiting list for this FREE 5-week run in conjunction with Mobile IT. Priority given to those in receipt of a social welfare payment or actively job seeking. To find out more please contact Adrienne on 087 2273294.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 /

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (RES) / YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (YES): If you need support job seeking and feel that you are a little lost in deciding what you want to do, then you should contact the RES / YES which offers 1:1 support and career planning to individuals around education, training and employment opportunities. To find out more you can contact Finn or Lynne at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316 or Adrienne & Dee on 069 62222. Keep up to date with us on Facebook: OR Phone us on 069 62222 or call in to see us on St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: First Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

JUBILEE 2018: In June 2018 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church. A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any articles or publications covering the opening Mass and consecration ceremony.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560

Counselling Appointment 061/314213 . Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Intention for the week: Wednesday10am Bridget O’ Connell New Street and deceased family members. Thursday 10am Mary and James Scully & Son Michael Mountmahon. Friday 10am Jack & Nell Gleeson, Killarney Road. Saturday 7pm Kathleen Wrenn New St. and deceased family members. Catherine & Pat Lyons, Killarney Rd. Dick Fitzgerald, Railway Road. Patrick Reidy, Meenkilly Month Mind.Sunday 9.30am Margaret & John Riordan, Purt and son John. MaryAnn Moloney.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration has resumed. It will continue then as usual every Tuesday and Friday. New adorers are always very welcome. We thank you all for making our Perpetual Adoration such a success. Because of your commitment to an hour per week we are able to continue this wonderful gift we have in our Parish. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.

To see the daily readings you may log on to and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.

DUAGH CHURCH Saturday 13th May @ 7.30 pm (Anniversary Mass) Anne Sheehy, Ennismore


Sunday14th May @ 10.00am (Anniversary Mass) Maurice & Maryanne Doody, Knockanebrac.


DUAGH CHURCH Monday, Wednesday, Thursday @10.00am Rosary afterwards Tuesday & Friday @ 7.30pm Fridays Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 3pm – 7.15pm

THE FEAST OF THE VISITATION of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs on Wednesday May 31. May also being the month of the Blessed Mother, special Marian devotions are held throughout the world. In Duagh a “Crowning of the Image of Mary” will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 31. It is a beautiful devotion held in many parts of the world.

LATIN MASS: The Latin Mass (1962 Missal) will be offered in Holy Cross Dominican Church, Tralee on Sunday, June 4 at 1.30pm. More info from:

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday, May 25 from 9.15 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

KERRY STROKE SUPPORT GROUP are holding a Health & Well Being Day on Friday, May 26 from 10.30am to 3pm in Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre Tralee for people who have had a Stroke. Inputs from various Medical and Wellbeing Therapists including Dr. Richard Liston, Consultant Geriatrician from University Hospital Kerry. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Cost €10.00. Limited Availability. For further info contact Denise @ 066 7123373.

LITERARY AND HISTORICAL TOUR: Listowel Writers’ Week Literary & Historical Tour departs on Saturday, June 3 from The Square, Listowel at 2 pm and will visit Finuge, Lyreacrompane and Knocknagoshel. Tickets can be booked through the Writers’ Week office, tel. (068) 21074 or online at

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

PILGRIMAGES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

ARE YOU AWARE OF THE NCCA SURVEY ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN OUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS? Under the NCCA’s proposal Religious Education will no longer be a subject in the state recognised Primary Schools Curriculum, unless you let your views be known. Is this an effort to remove Religious Education from our schools? This move devalues and challenges the place and status of Religious Education in our schools. Is this what you want for the future generations of children? As a matter of urgency parents, teachers, Boards of Management and interested adults need to engage with the survey before closing date May 26. The NCCA survey is available online: http:// Early_Childhood_and_Primary_Education/Primary-Education/ Primary_Developments/Structure-and-Time-Allocation)

GROW: Grow is a community based organisation that provides support and education around emotional and mental well-being. Our 12-Step Recovery Program provides effective peer support, motivation and empowerment to enable people to take action and improve their mental health. It is a free, confidential service, and there is no referral process – anyone over the age of 18 can simply turn up at a meeting. The Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.

OUR LADY OF LIMERICK FESTIVAL: There was an older tradition in Limerick to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Limerick over three days with great pride and joy. The Dominican sisters are hoping to revive that great festivity with a three day festival of prayer in Limerick this May. We will be giving honour to Our Lady of Limerick with a Triduum from Thursday, May 25 – Saturday, May 27. Each day, Fr. John Harris, OP will celebrate Mass at 1pm followed by devotions. On Thursday and Friday night, the Dominican Sisters will offer reflections followed by night prayer. The Triduum will conclude with an outdoor festival on Saturday afternoon with games, music and more. All are welcome! The timetable is as follows: Thursday May 25 & Friday May 26 1:00pm – Mass followed by Devotion with Fr John Harris (OP) 7:00pm – Reflection and Compline – Reflection, Night Prayer and Procession to Our Lady with the Dominican Sisters. Saturday, May 27 1:00pm – Closing Mass and Procession with Fr John Harris (OP). 2:00pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL – We are having a Party on The Plaza in front of the Church. The surrounding streets will be closed to traffic for safety where we will have lots of activities & games for the young and the young at heart. There will be Food Stalls, Live Music, Face painting, etc (all supervised). Thankfully, the local business community and Gardai have really got behind this event. If you wish to get involved and help out, please contact the Parish Office on 061 – 311728 or by email